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Cover ArtThe enraged : a Jonathan Quinn novel
by Battles, Brett.
I have been a fan of Brett Battles but this latest one, ’The Enraged" was just too much for me to stay with it. I was bored, uninspired by too much detail without action.   posted Apr 22, 2014 at 7:01PM

Cover ArtThe boys from Brazil [videorecording]
The "Boys from Brazil", written by Ira Levin is quite a good film and maybe even more ominous for our future when looked at from 2014 instead of 1978. James Mason ws 69, Lilli Palmer was 64, Lawrence Olivier was 72, and Gregory Peck was 62. Only Lilli Palmer retained any semblance of youth. All are now dead. Jeremy Black played the young Adolf Hitler and thankfully today is not trying to act. In 1978 the world had not yet heard about Al Qaeda but they knew about the Nazis. Both are haters of anyone who wants to live a life of personal choice.   posted Apr 21, 2014 at 4:45PM

Cover ArtA rare bird [videorecording]
by Laughland, Nicholas.
In "A rare bird" we certainly see an episode that literally is meant for people doing more than just watching the birds. I have bad mouthed the performances of Neil Dudgeon but maybe the real problem is the producer, the director, and the writers of some of these episodes? But no matter who is playing Barnaby the murders get more ridiculously violent episode by episode. I am probably just bored with the same weekly dribble of American television murders and have turned to the British for relief. I am still waiting.   posted Apr 20, 2014 at 5:21PM

Cover ArtThe sleeper under the hill [videorecording]
by Laughland, Nicholas.
In "The sleeper under the hill" we see the continued erosion of Midsomer Murders after the exit of Tom Nettles as Tom Barnaby, Jane Wymark as his wife, and Laura Howard as his daughter. The replacement Barnaby needs his own replacement for this series to regain any real interest for the viewing public. It was the unique interaction between Tom Barnaby and the various murders that I enjoyed. Now I wonder why didn’t the producers pick someonelse than Neil Dudgeon for the title character.   posted Apr 19, 2014 at 6:25AM

Cover ArtStone cold
by C. J. Box
I waited nearly 4 1/2 months for Stone Cold to arrive. I will say this story is little like the old Saturday matinee with a thrill a minute, every scene promising an end to the hero unless something miraculous saves him. Of course, in those matinees the bad guys were evil beyond redemption and each of them was fatally flawed for choosing the evil path in the first place. That is unfortunately how Stone Cold left me. There is just too much for me to swallow here. Having the tragic shooting death of the boy on a rooftop by the police made me grimace at how patently absurd C.J. Box went for the jugular in every way possible. And the family dialog and family spirit of previous novels just was given lip service in Stone Cold.   posted Apr 16, 2014 at 6:34PM

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